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ToSeek
2004-Mar-09, 09:24 PM
Monday's update (http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status_spiritAll.html#sol64) - Spirit went 29 meters yesterday. There's no status report for Sunday, but from the odometer readings she went 34 meters (a new record if my sums are right, so I'm a little surprised that they don't say anything about it). Before those two drives, Spirit was 88 meters from the rim of Bonneville. So it's possible that she's within 25 meters of the rim and could get there today or tomorrow. Look for some awesome photos soon!

EFossa
2004-Mar-10, 12:15 AM
looks like it's already there:

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/navcam/2004-03-09/

nebularain
2004-Mar-10, 12:28 AM
Cool! More pictures! =D>

:: You know what's scary . . . ?

I started scanning the images trying to figure out which rock was going to be the next victim of the conspiracy theorists! :o ::

ToSeek
2004-Mar-10, 12:49 AM
looks like it's already there:

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/navcam/2004-03-09/

Great! (I looked for those before I posted but didn't see any then.) I'm looking forward to hearing what they have to say at the press conference on Thursday.

ToSeek
2004-Mar-10, 03:05 AM
A quick cut-and-paste of two of the images:

Bonneville crater (http://members.wap.org/kevin.parker/images/Bonneville.jpg)

PeteB
2004-Mar-10, 03:14 AM
ToSeek-

That's good. Now what about adding about the west side? :-)

I am surprised to see the heat shield on the rim. I thought that the explanation was that it first hit the rim, then slide down the outside, creating a dark streak. Maybe it went the other way - hit the outside first the careened up to the rim???

Also, these images look like they were taken in midday (no shadows), so I wonder if they drove further before stopping for the night?

Unbunker
2004-Mar-10, 03:24 AM
Looks very old! I hope spirit can venture down soon. :o

ToSeek
2004-Mar-10, 03:27 AM
Happy now? (http://members.wap.org/kevin.parker/images/Bonneville3.jpg)

ToSeek
2004-Mar-10, 03:40 AM
Also, these images look like they were taken in midday (no shadows), so I wonder if they drove further before stopping for the night?

Neither JPL nor the Exploratorium have forward hazcam images with timestamps after these navcam images, so it seems unlikely. (The 3-11 characters of the filenames are the image timestamp in seconds.)

PeteB
2004-Mar-10, 04:38 AM
Happy now? (http://members.wap.org/kevin.parker/images/Bonneville3.jpg)

Well, I suppose. . . :-)

Seriously - thanks.

aurora
2004-Mar-10, 05:06 AM
The terrain has gotten really rocky as Spirit got closer to Bonnevile, hasn't it? I mean it looks like more rocks and less dust on the surface per square meter, and the rocks look bigger (don't know if they are).

Hopefully, Spirit will be able to pick its way through or over the rocks because it should be really interesting (assuming many of these rocks were ejected from the crater) to look inside!

Chip
2004-Mar-10, 07:10 AM
The terrain has gotten really rocky as Spirit got closer to Bonneville, hasn't it? I mean it looks like more rocks and less dust on the surface per square meter, and the rocks look bigger (don't know if they are)...it should be really interesting (assuming many of these rocks were ejected from the crater) to look inside!

Yeah. Its starting to look like Chesley Bonestell country. (Gulp!) Hey, I just gota say - isn't this all so completely fantastic! Millions of miles through space, landing on Mars, sending back highly detailed sharp pictures, and even microscopic views of Martian soil. It leaves me dizzy.

(Alright Chip, get a grip on yourself!) :-?

Swift
2004-Mar-10, 02:19 PM
Hey, I just gota say - isn't this all so completely fantastic! Millions of miles through space, landing on Mars, sending back highly detailed sharp pictures, and even microscopic views of Martian soil. It leaves me dizzy.

(Alright Chip, get a grip on yourself!) :-?
No don't (get a grip). I'm a little awe-struck myself. We all need a little "sense of wonder". This and the Hubble Ultra Deep Field view... NASA should be very proud and we should all be on our knees going "we're not worthy". :)

ToSeek
2004-Mar-10, 07:59 PM
This guy has anaglyphs (http://www.hazyhills.com/mars3d/spirit/20040309.html) from the same images.

JonClarke
2004-Mar-10, 09:44 PM
Looking at ToSeeks cut and paste:

Yes! Yes! Yes! Awsome! Wow!

:D
=D>
Jon

ToSeek
2004-Mar-10, 10:13 PM
Latest status: Roving toward the rim (http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html) - Spirit should be on the rim of Bonneville and taking photos as part of the current sol's activities. Should be some good stuff at the press conference tomorrow!